Complex Carbohydrates for Weight Loss


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As you work hard to get healthy and lose weight, you’re probably focusing on cutting back on carbs. Cutting simple carbs from your diet is a great idea, but if you’re not eating enough complex carbs, you could be making it harder to ditch the extra weight. You may be surprised to find that eating complex carbs can help you lose the weight and keep it off for good.

Simple carbs don’t have much to offer. They’re digested quickly and don’t offer very much nutritional value. On the other hand, complex carbs offer many benefits, including increased energy, increased metabolism, they fill you up, and they digest slowly. Complex carbs even help to keep blood sugar levels stable, which prevents cravings.

Some great complex carbs that the Metabolic Research Center recommends include:

  • Low Fat Cottage Cheese – Eat it alone, make your own veggie dip with it, or add it to lasagna instead of using ricotta cheese. You’ll get plenty of protein, and it offers great nutrients, such as phosphorous, calcium, and vitamin B12.
  • Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt is great in a smoothie or with some fresh berries. It makes a great substitute for mayo and sour cream, and it’s very high in protein.
  • Legumes – Legumes like chickpeas, black beans, lentils, and kidney beans are delicious. Go with dry options if possible. If you do choose packaged beans, avoid those with added salt or sugar.
  • Whole Wheat Pasta – This pasta offers far more nutritional value than the unhealthy white pastas. It also offers plenty of fiber and a lot of essential nutrients.
  • Quinoa – Quinoa is a grain relative that is low in calories. It will give you an energy boost and may help to reduce glucose levels in the blood as well.
  • Whole Wheat Breads – Not only are they more flavorful than white breads, they are packed with nutrients too. Enjoy as toast or use it to make a healthy, delicious sandwich.

If you want to see weight loss results, start adding some complex carbs to your diet. To learn more, visit the Recipes section of this website or contact the Metabolic Research Center nearest you.

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